Hamline News

October 23, 2009

VIDEO: Pipers take third straight match with win over Knights

For clips of match play and reaction from Bennett-Curry, Anita Rojas, and head coach Lynette Bernardy, click here. 

The match opened with five straight points for the Pipers on three Knights' attacking errors, a Simmons kill and a service ace by Molly Schroeder (Jr., Buffalo, Minn.).

The Pipers built-up a 20-8 lead before the Knights started to battle back, closing their deficit to seven at 23-16. Simmons put the set away at 25-18 with her fourth kill of the opening frame.

Carleton was the team that got started quickly in the third set, running up a 4-0 lead before Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) tipped the ball over for a kill.

After falling behind 5-1, the Pipers put six straight points on the board that included a pair of kills from Anna Murie (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.) for an 8-5 advantage.

The set stayed close from there until a pair of Knights attacking errors at the end gave Hamline the set at 25-21 and a 2-0 lead in the match. Bennett-Curry had six kills in the second set while the Knights' Kelly Lovett (Jr., Portland, Ore.) had four.

An evenly played third set gave way to a 16-12 Carleton advantage. The Pipers then took six of the next seven points, including four in a row, to go ahead 18-17 and force a Knights timeout.

After the minute break, the Pipers took the next pair of points on kills from Alex Anderson (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) and Murie. Carleton called their second timeout of the set in another attempt to regroup.

A pair of Piper errors and a kill from Annie Eckhoff (Sr., Northfield, Minn.) tied the set at 20-20. After alternating the next four points for a 22-22 tie, Hamline closed out the straight-set victory match with three straight points for the 25-22 set victory. 

 In addition to the 11 kills from Simmons and Bennett-Curry, Murie had eight and Rojas added seven.

Kelly had 34 assists while libero Heidi Larsen (Jr., Andover, Minn.) had 19 digs.

The Knights were led by eight kills apiece from Lovett and Eckhoff.

The conference win moves the Pipers to 13-12, 2-7 MIAC as they are victorious in three straight 3-0 matches at home this week. The Knights go to 13-9, 3-6 MIAC. Hamline will stay at home for their fourth straight match to host non-conference UW-Superior on Monday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.